By Bob Katzen
The Senate 39-0, approved a $250,000 increase (from $1,036,958 to $1,286,958) for organizations that provide programs to assist legal permanent residents of Massachusetts in becoming citizens of the United States.
Programs include assisting applicants in filling out the 22-page application; ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages); civics classes; interview preparation and supportive services including interpretation and referral services.
“Becoming a citizen is a major step toward full integration into American life,” said sponsor Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton). “I am proud to represent a district with many vibrant immigrant communities throughout it, including Brazilians and Afghans. Recently, I have been assisting neighborhood support teams in the town of Harvard and the city of Marlborough resettle Afghan evacuees. The Afghan refugees in my district – along with so many other immigrants – could benefit from these critical programs.”
(A “Yes” vote is for the $250,000 increase.)
Sen. Patricia Jehlen Yes